Archive: Moritz Simon Geist

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How does pop music sound in the age of posthumanism? This question motivates the art of composer and engineer Moritz Simon Geist. His songs are performed exclusively by robots: Miniature, motorpowered drums hammer the beats out of metal plates; automated thumb pianos vibrate in deep bass frequencies; an 808 robot translates the sounds of the same-named drum machine in choppy body mechanics. In a peculiar way, Geist’s music is extremely precise and extremely fragile at the same time. It conjures the unpredictability of a future in which everything seems to have become predictable.

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